Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hmmm...Where is our Florida Winter?

Is it just me or does it seems we are unseasonably warm here in Florida this year?  Not complaining but a little chill in the air would be nice for the holidays - we are expecting tempereature near 80 degrees!  So no winter wonderland -- which leads me to one of our kits of the month called Wonderland.  It is super duper cute and I used my first layout for our Hanukkah celebrations. 
Of course-- you can leave the suggested title of "Let it Snow" or nameit whatever you would like as that is the beauty of stamping a title - complete customization. 
The second layout in the kit was a lot of fun as well - and completely different:

In both layouts you can see I added our clear overlays which are so much fun and if you purchase the kit, the Top Coats - Icing Overlays and the die cut whie daisy card bases, I will invite you to come over to make the following cards for free:

So do not miss out and order your kit asap!

Wonderland Workshop
Date: Wednesday, January 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Can't make the class?  Email me for your kit or host your own!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Time to start wrapping those presents!

Happy December everyone!  I cannot believe how lightning fast this year has gone... I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you have a stress free holiday this year.  I know a lot of my customers are off to a great start sincwe they joined me for Christmas card workshops and creative classes with great gift ideas.  Now that it is time for gift giving, I wanted to share this quick video by Close to My Heart for some easy tag making ideas! Look how fun and easy it is to create unique tags using our Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, some cardstock, a stamp set and a couple of embellishments!

To purchase the products featured in this video, click the links below:

Have fun creating!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Looking forward to Roxie WOTG!

This is one of my favorite paper lines of the current Close to My Heart Idea Book. I just love that zebra paper and the bright color combo.  This is the Roxie Workshop on the Go that we will be working on in December and it just makes me happy!  I am waiting for the right pictures -- but I am sure I will come up with some soon!  I also added some Cricut Art Philosopy design and some Hemp stitching to add a little more flair.

The kit also bring fun bling accesories included which are just really fun:

 The second pages are just as nice-- very easy to adapt to many occassions as well--

So make sure you order your kit on time...Class will be on Wednesday, December 14.

Email me to order a kit or CLICK HERE to see all you get and get one mailed to you!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Crop, Eat - Repeat!

I LOVE planning my All-Day Crops.  So much fun to always try to raise the bar and keep the girls happy!!  Last Saturday we cropped all day in Deerfield Beach --just wanted to share my optional make and take art as well as some well requested recipes...

This was the optional make & take layout the ladies got a chance to make.  I designed it using paper from the Mischief and Bliss paper collections.  Added some grey flannel cardstock to the black and colonial white and stamped dimensionals and backround with my favorite stamp set, Love Life

The flowers and medallion as well as bracket shapes were all cut using our Art Philosophy cartridge for Cricut!  I am soooo loving this!  Hmm and love that ribbon too -it is our striped grograin ribbon.  Pearls and designer rhinestone brads round out the layout.

Ok, now on to recipes.  Below are the recipes for my Unstuffed Pepper Casserole and Butternut Squash Lasagna.  Enjoy!

Unstuffed Pepper Casserole
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 green peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 vidalia onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of cooked brown or white rice
  • 24 oz marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Italian style cheese
Saute onions, peppers and garlic in a bit of olive oil until caramelized in a large skillet.  Add the meat and garlic and cook until brown.  Make sure you season well with kosher salt and pepper.  Drain any extra fat from your skillet.  Add the rice, marinara and 3/4 cups of cheese.  Adjust your seasoning as necessary.  Spoon into 2 quart casserole and top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 until heated through and cheese has melted.

Butternut Squash Lasagna
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 amaretti cookies, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup (lightly packed) fresh basil leaves
  • 12 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded whole-milk mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the squash and toss to coat and season with salt and pepper. Pour the water into the skillet and then cover and simmer over medium heat until the squash is tender, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly and then mash the squash, leaving just a few lumps. Add the amaretti cookies. Season the squash puree, to taste, with more salt and pepper.

Melt the butter in a heavy medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, whisking often, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the nutmeg. Cool slightly. Transfer half of the sauce to a blender. Add the basil.  Very important that you only fill blender halfway and that you do not completely seal blender.  Hold cover with clean kitchen towel instead to prevent an explosion!!! Blend until smooth. Return the basil sauce to the rest of the sauce in the pan and stir to blend. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, to taste.
Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Lightly butter a 13 by 9 by 2-inch lasagna pan. Spread 3/4 cup of the sauce over the prepared baking dish. Arrange 3 lasagna noodles on the bottom of the pan. Spread 1/3 of the squash puree over the noodles. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. Drizzle 1/2 cup of sauce over the noodles. Repeat layering 3 more times.Tightly cover the baking dish with foil and bake the lasagna for 40 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses over the lasagna. Continue baking uncovered until the sauce bubbles and the top is golden, 15 minutes longer. Let the lasagna stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Hmmm...wonder what I will be cooking for our next crop on JANUARY 14???? You will not want to miss it!!!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Dreamin' Workshop Kit -- Perfect for all Fall Events!

I am really loving the Dreamin' paper line.  Again, it is one of those collections that are so versatile-- the colors scream "Fall" and therefore perfect for your pumpkin patch pics, Thanksgiving memories - but also really great for travel and birthdays.  The layout above is from the Dreamin' Workshop on the Go and we will work on it together in class.  The one below, is the second layout you can make with your kit and as you can see, I used it for Marc's birthday pictures.

I incorporated the use of our Flip Flaps to create booklets of pictures and therefore make more photo real estate on my layouts.  The stamp set used for the title is Headline Alphabet and it is detailed with Liquid Glass.  I also incorporated our Art Philosophy Cricut Collection to add the festive touch of presents.

By adding the Dreamin' Stickease and a little more paper and cardstock I was able to make the layouts above and below.  I added our new Harvest Charms and Mini Medleys in Honey as well as hemp to add more of a designer touch and some texture. 

So do not miss out and join our fun group of scrapbookers!  Beginners to advanced welcome!

Class Date: Wednesday, November 16
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Canyon Springs Clubhouse (Boynton)

Not local?  Can't make it? No problem!  Click here to order your kit or Email Me!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dreamin' of my Little Pumpkins...

I love Fall! The colors, delicious foods and baked pumpkin scent all around.  Of course, in South Florida you take as much as you can get.  This weekend we took Marc & Nathan to the pumpkin patch to add some round orange friends to our home decor.  I used CTMH's Dreamin' paper pack to highlight some of our photos.
The fun flowers were made using our Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge as well as the leaves which were cut out with the Cricut and then stamped.  How easy is that!  I made the "Pumpkin" title using Dimensional Element alphabets and some stamping, liquid glass and ink.  Here is the detail:


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Buttons + Bling = FUN!

Lovely, chunky, fashion-forward bling turns your cards from charming to super-fantabulous. Learn the WOW techniques in this how-to video from Close To My Heart, and then send holiday cards that people will be talking about into the New Year!!!

Loving this video and hope you do too!  To view & order the items used in this video, click on the pink hyperlinks below:

Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Mischief Workshop Time!

Ahhhhh!  Halloween time is perhaps one of the most celebrated seasons in our home.  The kids look forward to it and frankly, so do I!  Always had fond memories of trick-or-treating, parties and fun costumes growing up so I love to share that enthusiasm with our kids as well.  Of course, with all the fun comes scrapbooking these memories, so here we go: Mischief Workshop on the Go!

The layout above is the one we will complete together in class.  It faetures our Midnight felt shapes, spray pens, glitter gel, and one of my favorite stamp sets, Backdrop-Charmed.  The title is stamped with Posterboard Alphabet.

The second layout really showcases how you can use the same paper pack for more than just Halloween.  Here is my sweetie Steve about a week before he met me on a trip to France he should have taken me on, lol!:

Some fun stamping and shading using our great markers on this layout.

And back to Halloween, using the some more Mischief paper and our new Complement, Mischief Rub-Ons.  These are great - nothing lke Close to My Heart rub-ons for staying power and ease of use.  Also, you will notice the shapes cut out with our Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge!  SO MUCH FUN!!

So join in on the fun and come to my Mischief Workshop!!

Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Canyon Springs Clubhouse - Boynton Beach
Fee: $35 for basic kit - other items a la carte.

Not local?  No problem! Click Here to order your kit!

More artwork coming soon!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hawaii 4-0 and a great way to end our vacation!

What a great little treat I had for my 40th birthday! Hubby took me to Hawaii to get some R&R.  You forget how much you need to get away sometimes and have no schedule or not much to do except relax and have some fun. 

A little slice of heaven

After Hawaii, Steve whisked me to Vancouver so I could attend Close to My Heart's Regional Convention.  He knows that  a perfect vacation also includes a little creative and what better way to do that than getting my inky fingers going with some awesome creative inspiration.  Little did I know that I was in for some fun and unexpected recognition:

#1 Sales - US - Second Quarter 2011!

#1 Recruiting - US - 2nd Quarter 2011!

#1 Team Sales - US - Second Quarter 2011!

#1 - Most Stamps of the Month Sold - US - 2nd Quarter 2011!

My Awards!

With Sheena Searls, Stacy San Juan and Kristine Widtfeldt

With Monica Wihongi and her precious baby Maya

And then, back home to our anxious and precious kids and busy lives...seems like Hawaii is already in the long ago past and hmmm...think we need another vacation soon :)

Stay tuned! Tons of creative coming soon!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Sonoma for All Occassions...

It is really great when you have a beautiful paper pack to work with that adapts so well to so many occassions, and leave it to Close to My Heart to do just that.  Their new Sonoma Workshop on the Go is one of the two paper packs I will feature in October.  Here is the first layout we will complete together:
As you can see, I used this as a layout for me and my hubby Steve. The flowers are made with our new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (so very awesome!) and the layout features the colors Smokey Plum, Olive and Cocoa.  The dangling charms are part of the new accesories called Heirloom Assortment.  The alphabet used for the titles is called Bohemian Alphabet - one of my all time favorites.

The second layout was used for some of my baby pictures that I am starting to preserve to rescue them from those awful peel and stick albums from the past:

Close to My Heart also offers a fantastic Complements collection to help you maximize the use of your paper packets.  I used the Sonoma Stickease with their suggested layouts from our How-to book Magic to do just that and made the following two layouts:

As you can see, now Sonoma is transformed into a travel layout! It is also fantastic for your heritage photos such as a created for my sweet mom who passed away way too soon:

So you see, one paper pack always has ton of possibilities.  I hope you join me for my next workshop.
If you are from out of town, you can always purchase it here - workshops come with full instructions!

Sonoma Workshop on the Go
Class Date: Wednesday, October 5
7:00 p.m.
Canyon Springs Clubhouse - Boynton Beach

Email me by September 23 to order your kit!

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

"Clearly" Fun Birthday Cards!

Is it time to replenish your stash of birthday cards? Well why not add these fun clear cards to your mix! 

They are fun, they are different and they are full of embellies and fun techniques! The set comes with one of each of the cards plus their clear cello envelopes as well.

Class Fee: $20

Class Dates: Thursday, Sept. 8 (Sold Out!)
                    Tuesday, Sept. 27 (Sold Out!!)

You can register through the links on the right of the page!

Can't make it and would like a Kit to Go? Please email me!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Now that kids are Back to School...

We need layouts!  And our Typeset Workshop on the Go is perfect for those precious pictures as seen in my previous post...but Typeset can be used for so much more...

This is the second layout form the Workshop using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.  Gotta love that! I also used the Token Alphabet and Vintage Type stamp set on this one.

The layout above is an additional layout using extra Typeset paper and the Magic book.

And this layout above uses the Typeset Canvas Complements - really fun with all that texture.

Hope you like these layouts as well!  check back for more artwork coming really soon!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's been CHIRPING at our house!

OMG so I have dusted off my Cricut and am in LOVE with our new Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cartridge!!! There is finally MORE than just cut Cricut paper...so chirp, chirp, chirp I have been working diligently on my new Workshop on the Go for September....school is right around the corner and so is our awesome TYPESET workshop:

Look at all the fun shapes and none of it was cut by hand!!
Fun corrugated chipboard shapes from our Milepost collection are painted with pearl paint and some are stamped! And look at the fun cork color ready adhesive letters!!

Our workshops on the go also come with additional bonus projects that you can create using your leftovers and adding a few products.  The Cricut cartridge went to work on the fun shaped cards above (yes, they were all cut on the Cricut!) and adding some cardstock and wooden designer buttons!!

More Typeset artwork coming soon!! Stay tuned :) My nights are not long enough, lol.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Loving Creative Nights!

I love having the time to play with all of our new and awesome products-- I think I cannot watch TV anymore without keeping my hands busy either.  So I get into my nightly creative mode...this was last night's work-- the perfect box for your bling, your photos, your coupons, your cards, recipes or whatever pleases you!

I hope you love this fun multi purpose box as much as I do.  If you do and would like to make one, I will be having a class during two creative nights and you can play with our new Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and fun Roxy paper! There will be discounts given if you purchase more than one kit (I know I need more than one box) - so it will be indicated on the registration.  Fee will include all you need to make your box with leftover paper. templates as well as a full bottle of our new Silver Glitter Gel! Oh! and a special raffle ticket will await!!

Class Dates:  August 30 or August 31
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Sheryl's House
Fee: $30 and additional kits for $20
Yummy Snacks included, of course!

So do not delay and register asap! Click on the desired date above or on the side box and register!

If you need a kit shipped to you, please Email Me

If you would like to make this project with your friends, I can come to you and you can earn hostess gifts (5 people minimum).


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Scrapbooking Crop Goodies!

I love hosting my all day crops.  All the ladies had such a good time and were very productive.  They all worked on their own to complete some beautiful pages, one worked on her recipe box online, others were busy making cards and had fun shopping, chatting, eating and spending the day together.  At my last crop this past Saturday, I had two projects planned fo them using some of our new stamp sets:

This layout was my optional project that featured a lot of fun techniques. 
The stamp sets used were Love Life and Key Moments

And some fun bling buttons and butterflies (aka Flutter Paper Shapes) and of course some glitter gel and
re inker magic using our spray pens!

My free make and take was a cute card made with very sweet Remarkable Wreath stamp set and the nest is from the Bless this Nest stamp set:

I hope you can join us for the next crop!!!

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, October 22 in Deerfield Beach!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Do You Believe in MIRACLEs?

Hmmm... I kind of do but I think it depends on the day.  It is such an easy word to toss around but sometimes you can't help but acknowledging an event as such.
Miracle Workshop on the Go - Layout 1 taught in class.
The Miracle of being a mom and celebrating mother's day with my children and husband is a tremendous joy for me...

Miracle Workshop on the Go - layout 2 on your own

The Miracle of the 1st Night Nathan slept in a big boy bed that had been passed down by his big brother Marc - is such a vivid reminder of how time flies on by...

Miracle layout using Stickease and Magic book
The Miracle to have been blessed with my first child and becoming a mother for the first time...nothing more joyous than knowing your life extends beyond your own existence and to bring true understanding on what it means to be a parent.

Miracle layout using Stickease and Magic book.
So Miracles can present themselves in many ways...but always out of true awareness of what makes them a miracle to you. 

Hope you join me to preserve your joyous moments and create these fun layouts too! 

Class Date: Wednesday, August 24
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Canyon Springs Clubhouse (Boynton)
Fee: $35

  • Full Miracle Level 2 paper pack
  • Full Pack of Kraft Adhesive Borders
  • Exclusive Stamp Set
  • Full Color Brochure
Optional Items Added (Click on items to see pictures and/or shop!)

If you can't attend but would like to purchase your kit, please click here!!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Convention Memories and New Found Goals...

Wow talk about a great time in Anaheim.... I wish as I had planned, I had blogged during the event but our beautiful hotel was having some serious wifi connectivity issues and left us hanging.  But oh well, here is a little recap:
First, I made sure that my team mates felt welcome and I prepared these little creative journals inspired by those made by Lisa Stenz and wrapped them in cello bags with some snacks for their trip. And of course in true scrapbooking fashion a la Sheryl, we made sure we had plenty of wine for our room.

The first day was Leadership day and there was a lot of training and some glimpses of all the positive and amazing changes to come.  As Jeanette says, "we sometimes need to let go of something good, to bring something even better."

It was awesome to finally welcome my team members and we started with a fun dinner at House of Blues.  The weather in Anaheim was amazing!!

Here is some of the Memories by Design Team members with our 2nd and 3rd uplines, Julie Reynolds and Karen Morris.  Karen's team - the Dream Team is the largest in the company and Karen was just awarded the very prestigious Spirit of Close to My Heart award! Julie was also inducted into this year's Advisory Board.  We sure are well represented!!

Simple things make me happy!!! I had reserved seating on the black Director Chairs! So exciting!!

Hubby Steve got us all "Bling on the Scrap" tshirts!!

Soon to be Manager, Jodie Coffman with her new downline Jane Registre!
Happy to be with my team members! Here I am with Nikki Velasco!

And of course we scrapped!

And had some fun!

And we laughed...

                                       And laughed...

                                And of course, were inspired by the new Idea Book!
And will continue to be inspired, of course and the Stars will Shine Bright in DALLAS in 2012!!
And did I mention, I got ot go on STAGE:

Thank you Memories by Design Team for your support and thank you all other leaders for the inspiration.